Friday, July 14, 2000

City unit expects to take hit in golf fees during air show

By Ken Alltucker
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An August air show at Lunken Airport will cost the Cincinnati Recreation Commission $10,000 because it must close the city-owned Reeves Golf Course.

        “We have no problem with the air show; it's just a loss of revenue,” said Wayne Bain, Cincinnati Recreation Commission (CRC) director. “It's going to affect us at the end of the year.”

        No CRC jobs or services will be cut but fewer dollars mean Mr. Bain will delay improvements next year to some city facilities.

        The golf course must be closed for safety as jets perform tricky aerial maneuvers Aug. 26 and 27 during Lunken Airfest, an air show organized by Lunken Airport Benefits Association.

        Event promoters expect to attract 20,000 to 40,000 spectators for the weekend show of vintage jets, old military planes and an Air Force tactical demonstration squad.

        Even though organizers don't have to reimburse CRC, they must pay $15,000 for other city services such as police, fire and emergency medical, said Larry N. Eltner, chairman and co-founder of the event.

        Mr. Eltner doubts CRC will lose $10,000 in golf course revenue because it will be open during the morning. It must close from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. as planes from nearby Lunken zip and dip above the greens.

        “I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to play golf in the afternoon anyway,” Mr. Eltner said. “It's too hot.”

        CRC expects to regain about $500 from spectators parking at the golf course's lot, Mr. Bain said.

        Any profits from the event will be used to restore two oil paintings at Lunken Airport. The event broke even last year after losing $27,000 in 1998, Mr. Eltner said.


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